COVID-19: UK records another 15,871 coronavirus cases and 479 deaths | UK News

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The UK has recorded another 15,871 coronavirus cases and 479 deaths in the past 24 hours.

The number of cases is down on the 16,022 recorded on Friday and deaths are also down from 521.

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There have now been 73,000 deaths involving COVID-19 in the UK, while the number of cases has reached 1,605,172.

New data on Friday revealed that the R number has fallen to between 0.9 and 1 across the country. R represents the average number of people each COVID positive person goes on to infect.

The government’s new Tier 3 and Tier 2 interventions, which are due to come into effect on 2 December, should keep the R number below 1 in the run up to Christmas, according to a government adviser.

People have been protesting against the lockdown measures in central London today, with police arresting 60 demonstrators.

Hundreds of people marched through the capital near Oxford Street chanting “freedom”, with some carrying placards reading “stop controlling us” and “no more lockdowns”.

It comes as Conservative MP Michael Gove warned that England’s hospitals could be “overwhelmed” with coronavirus cases without tier rules.

The Cabinet Office minister, writing in The Times, urged MPs to “take responsibility for difficult decisions” to curb the spread of COVID-19, amid anger from some Conservatives that much of England will face stringent restrictions.

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Mr Gove said the decision to impose the restrictions was necessary to “pull the handbrake” and avoid the “disaster” of NHS hospitals – and private sector and newly-built Nightingale hospitals – becoming filled to capacity with only COVID patients and emergency cases.

Also today, the British government announced it had appointed a vaccines minister to take charge of the coronavirus vaccine rollout, as his government seeks to quell a backbench rebellion over the new tier system.

Nadhim Zahawi – who is among Tory MPs critical of the new restrictions – has been made a health minister responsible for the deployment of the jabs, Downing Street said.



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